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Speech in the Gay Rights ConventionPrejudice against homosexuals is like warfare in which there is no shelter and everyone is involved The problem with prejudice and hate crimes is that many people are unaware of what they are Many people today are disgusted with the concept of slavery and racism towards blacks But one notion that people fail to comprehend is that they are emulating the puritans straightlaced beliefs and are prejudice against gays and lesbians Many people are oblivious of the laws that prohibit homosexuals the rights that characterize them as human beings Most of you do not think about your rights and they are frequently taken for granted Also numerous amounts of people have preconceived notions of how homosexuals behave Attitudes toward homosexuality were overwhelmingly negative Homosexual activities were hidden and spoken of only in whispers and homosexual behavior was a criminal offense in most of the United States Homosexuals were subject to stereotypes and prejudice Gay men were viewed as effeminate lesbians were portrayed as mannish and both were seen as being obsessed with sex with little self-control or morality All I ask of you is to look around Gays and lesbians are part of society People such as your neighbors hairdresser relatives friends and people you have known all your life could be gay Does that make them different Many people say that homosexuality is not natural But I ask you what is natural They are a component of society and we must grant them equal rights Gays and lesbians encounter religious criticism and social injustice everyday of their lives Homosexuals suffer criticism from religious groups because some religious texts discriminate against diversified life styles culture skin color and beliefs Many people support the idea of legal and social recognition of rights between people of the same gender Some Christians claim that their opposition to homosexuality and homosexual marriages is not in the Bible But do we not have the
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